25 August 2010


Panic sets in as the international movement for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions grow apace.

The latest crack has appeared in Norway in the last few days, and, as with apartheid South Africa over the years, it can only grow and grow until the movement takes hold and Israel starts hurting and getting the message that the world more and more sees it as a pariah state - after 62 years of abusing the people whose land they have stolen and are still busy stealing with a brutality which some of the world's best dictators could only envy!

This article was in The Age on 17 August 2010:

Christians, Jews meet on boycott

By Barney Zwartz

AUSTRALIAN Jewish and Christian leaders have met in Sydney to heal the wounds caused by a call last month for Australians to boycott Israeli goods made in occupied Palestinian territories.

The National Council of Churches in Australia called for Australians to consider the boycott at the request of Middle Eastern churches, but the Jewish community was outraged.

Executive Council of Australian Jewry president Robert Goot wrote to the council that the resolution was a ''most unpleasant surprise … we feel that we have been badly let down by people we have long thought of as our friends''.

Last week senior members from both councils - including the heads of the Australian Catholic and Anglican Churches, Archbishops Philip Wilson of Adelaide and Philip Aspinall of Brisbane - met to restore good relations.

Yesterday both councils released a joint statement saying there had been a ''serious exchange of views'' which helped Christian leaders better understand Jewish concerns and Jewish leaders better understand why the resolution was adopted.

But the resolution - which called for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and to all acts of terrorism, and suggested churches consider a boycott of Israeli goods from the occupied territories - remains in place. Representatives of both groups will meet again to work on a ''more comprehensive'' statement for the Christian council to consider at its next meeting in November.

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